Rear Window (1954)

Rear Window Movie Review

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Rear Window Movie Review

Rear Window is a 1954 mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. It is one of the best films ever made.

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We’ve become a race of Peeping Toms.

What people ought to do is get outside

their own house and look in for a change

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Rear Window Movie Review

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It follows a professional photographer who injured his leg and is bound to a chair until it heals. He spends the majority of his type spying on various neighbors from his apartment until he comes to suspect that one of them is a murderer.

So the film is very much a mystery but also a strong suspense thriller in its third act. As a mystery, it fully works because I was intrigued from the beginning and I wanted to know what happened and is this man truly a murderer. It features an abundant amount of detail and I loved how we got to solve the mystery along with Jeff. Very well realized.

But it is maybe even stronger as a suspense flick because that third act is downright thrilling to behold. Of course the ending is great, but to me the highlight was following Lisa go into the murderer’s apartment. That was inventively shot, unforgettable and simply riveting to watch. The tension there was so palpable that I even got goosebumps.

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But where Rear Window truly succeeds and is remembered the most is in its themes. It is the ultimate picture about voyeurism as it explores it to the fullest degree. It never goes too far, but just right. It portrayed the loneliness and boredom of people so truthfully while giving us a wonderful glimpse at a 1950s neighborhood.

And as many have pointed out, the film is very feminist which was not expected from Hitchcock who honestly did not portray women all that well usually. But here the women are actually active in solving the case, even going so far as to go into the murderer’s apartment to look for clues. So the man stays bound to his chair, while the women investigate and go into action. That was fantastic to witness in a 50s movie.

So let’s talk about these women. The film really has only four characters and thus all four are superbly developed and highly memorable. It is a wonderful indoors, confined chamber flick and probably the best example of such a film.

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Stella is very funny and is the comic relief in the film which is usually very serious and dark, but she provides the much needed humor and some of her morbid lines were so funny. Thelma Ritter did a phenomenal job in this role and she ought to have gotten a seventh nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Lisa is simply fantastic. She at first seemed like a typical younger love interest, but eventually proved to be anything but. She is very strong, capable and brave while still remaining elegant and ladylike. Grace Kelly probably gave her finest performance here and she simply shines in all of her scenes.

Raymond Burr is memorable and creepy as Lars Thorwald who is not too much in the film, but is always a very intense presence. And Jeff is awesome and a very complex main character who is never portrayed as too heroic which was a nice change in pace. James Stewart here gave one of his best performances and that really says a lot for a man of his caliber. His performance is brilliant and extremely powerful and nuanced.

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Rear Window is a glorious achievement technically speaking as well. The dialogue is playful, smart and outstanding with a couple of funny as well as observant lines. Hitchcock’s direction is amazing and this is his very best film in my opinion which says a lot as he’s the best director who ever lived. Here he not only showed that he is the master of suspense, but he also showed his deft hand at structure and inventive storytelling. The scene where we follow each neighbor and we witness a woman preparing dinner for an imaginary guest is one of the best sequences of all time and an incredibly moving, powerful piece of filmmaking.

The film is the most inventive thriller of all time. The cinematography here is of the best in film history as each shot is beautiful, elaborate and immaculately conceived. The camera moves elegantly to capture every single moment that matters and the camera can be said to be the character in itself here. We become Jeff as we follow the action through his binoculars and thus this is the ultimate ‘put in the protagonist’s shoes’ movie.

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The score is nice as well and the film looks and sounds great throughout its whole runtime. It lasts for just about the right time and is consistently riveting from the very first to the very last moment. Nothing is wasted or rushed here and every single scene matters. It truly is a masterpiece and an almost flawless film which currently sits at number seven on my all-time list.

With not a single wasted or rushed scene, immaculate camera work, highly inventive storytelling and many brilliantly conceived, highly suspenseful sequences, Rear Window is also thematically observant and very sophisticated with phenomenal dialogue and a couple of highly memorable lines. Grace Kelly probably gave her finest performance here and this is also one of James Stewart’s best works which says a lot for the actor of his caliber. The film is also admirably feminist, especially for its time. Palpably intense, brilliantly authentic and almost flawless, Rear Window is in my opinion one of the ten greatest films of all time.

My Rating – 5

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Three Colors: Red (1994)

Three Colors: Red Review

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Three Colors: Red Movie Review

Three Colors: Red is a 1994 French Polish mystery film directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. It is a solid, but still overrated film.

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I feel something important is happening around me.

And it scares me

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Three Colors: Red Review

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The main problem I’ve had with Three Colors: Red is the implausibility of its plot. It just seemed almost impossible to happen. I admittedly liked some of its thought-provoking themes and the film definitely can be smart in certain scenes with particularly strong dialogue, but the plot remains problematic.

Not only do the two main characters meet so coincidentally, but they also continue to have really unbelievable experiences and most of the film was actually quite difficult to buy in terms of actually happening in real life.

I did think that Kern and Valentine were well developed, but not the best. The acting from both Jean-Louis Trintignant and Irene Jacob is very strong and they both gave such good performances. But the direction from Kieslowski continues to be the problem for me.

He just does not direct his films in the most interesting fashion. I do think that the story, though implausible, is interesting on paper, but in execution it wasn’t as the film is once again very slow and at times even boring. It lacks energy in both character interactions and dialogue.

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Three Colors: Red Review

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Three Colors: Red is undoubtedly in the middle when it comes to this Three Colors trilogy. It is infinitely better than ‘Three Colors: White’ but I would say that ‘Blue’ definitely is the best of the bunch. Overall, this one is solid, but again highly overrated.

Three Colors: Red is another overrated entry in this trilogy which definitely has an interesting plot, but that story is also highly implausible in too many of its plot points. The characters and acting are strong, but the film is again not particularly involving to watch. It is obviously better than White, but inferior to Blue.

My Rating – 3.5

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Murder on the Orient Express Movie Review

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Murder on the Orient Express Movie Review

Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 mystery film directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh with the ensemble cast consisting of Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Judi Dench among others. It is a stupendous, very underrated adaptation.

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My name is Hercule Poirot

and I am probably the greatest detective in the world

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I really enjoyed this film and it took me by surprise how good and competent it actually is. Kenneth Branagh is the major person responsible for the quality of this film as he is both an actor and a director here and he excelled at both roles. He directed the movie so well and added such a cinematic feel to it which was quite welcome and that made it a worthy trip to the theatre.

His Hercule Poirot is so much better than Albert Finney’s one and thus this movie is so much better than the previous overrated version. His acting and characterization here is the definition of changing yet staying the same. The core of the character remains the same – eccentric, meticulous and very elegant – but he is now also very funny and quite energetic as well. And thus his Poirot is different, original and the character just worked and felt alive without ever being a pale imitation of its former self. And Branagh here is absolutely amazing and definitely awards worthy as his performance is unbelievably strong, emotional and real.

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But all of the others did an amazing job as well. Murder on the Orient Express is one of the rare movies which not only relies on an ensemble cast but also gives each of its actors and actresses a lot to do and they all gave absolutely terrific performances. Let’s start with Pfeiffer who really excelled here and surprised me how good of an actress she can be. She is fragile, tortured and emotional here and probably stole the show from the rest of the cast.

Penelope Cruz is also much better than she usually is, Willem Dafoe is also good but underutilized and the same goes for Judi Dench. Johnny Depp was really miscast as Ratchett. He just was not suitable for this pig and murderer of a man. Derek Jacobi and Josh Gad are both excellent and quite emotional. I liked that Arbuthnot was a black man here and that it was very well explained how he became a doctor in that racist period.

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Daisy Ridley also surprised me with her very strong performance and also how she looked so well and real in this thirties period which brings me to the technical aspects. Wow, is this film gorgeous. Istanbul looked fantastic and I loved how cinematic the film felt owing to many beautiful wide shots and interesting filming choices where not all scenes were filmed in the train, but also outside in the snow. The costumes looked exquisite and again awards worthy as is the score which is frequently quite moving and accompanying the emotional scenes so well. The attention to detail is amazing as the film recreated the 30s period so well.

This film has its many problems. Poirot again yells a lot and although the film’s first act is very good and the third act is emotional, dramatic and with phenomenal dialogue, the second act is really problematic as it is slower in pace and too many plot points from the book were changed. I did not love the pandering to the American audience by introducing unnecessary action sequences which were to me highly annoying here. But other than that, it is a very strong adaptation.

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The 2017 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express is much better than the previous overrated version thanks to such a lovely cinematic approach with excellent wide shots, beautiful locations, exquisite costumes and moving score. The attention to detail is amazing as the film recreated the thirties period so well. The second act is definitely problematic as it’s too action oriented and different from the novel, but the first is very good and the third is excellent and quite emotional with great dialogue. Its ensemble cast is great and every actor gave a strong performance with the highlights being Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad and Daisy Ridley. But the reason to see it lies in Kenneth Branagh’s involvement as he not only excelled in the director’s chair but also gave a stupendous, awards worthy performance and a new, different and ultimately commendable version of Hercule Poirot.

My Rating – 4

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The Name of the Rose (1986)

The Name of the Rose Movie Review

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The Name of the Rose Movie Review

The Name of the Rose is a 1986 historical mystery film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and starring Sean Connery and F. Murray Abraham. It is a pretty good historical film.

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Adso, if I knew the answers to everything,

I would be teaching theology in Paris

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The Name of the Rose Movie Review

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This film is based on a famous novel and is basically a murder mystery similar to Sherlock Holmes but set in medieval times. I thought that it was way too slow in pacing and that robbed it of excitement, but it is so well crafted and well told in terms of storytelling that it mostly succeeds as a solid film adaptation and even an underrated one.

The characters are very good and highly memorable. Sean Connery plays William of Baskerville who basically plays us the audience as he is the only remotely likable and modern person in this film. Connery had a bit too much fun playing this role, but his performance is still very good and he is very well cast and likable here.

F. Murray Abraham should have arrived much earlier and that was a big problem for me. When he arrived, he was great per usual and I really enjoyed his villainous character. But he needed to be in the movie much sooner and much more. Christian Slater is boring as is his character, but the hunchback is memorable and so well played by Ron Perlman who is so well cast. I liked the reveal at the end and the murderer was interesting and well realized.

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The Name of the Rose has a weaker structure along with the pacing. I liked the reveal and although it should have been more spectacular, it was still really well done and I loved the third act. However, it was a bit rushed as the first two acts are a bit slow. But still it is a pretty engaging, really interesting and highly moody mystery to follow.

The score is solid and the direction is mostly excellent. I particularly liked its cinematography and the various sets and imagery were amazing. The castle looked great as did the library and the film recreated its period superbly.

The Name of the Rose has a weaker structure and slow pace, but memorable characters and a well told, intriguing story. It is a historical mystery that works mostly thanks to very strong acting across the board, great cinematography and particularly phenomenal sets that recreate the atmosphere and the mood of the medieval period remarkably well.

My Rating – 4

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Wind River (2017)

Wind River Movie Review

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Wind River Movie Review

Wind River is a 2017 western mystery thriller film directed by Taylor Sheridan and starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner. This is a very competent genre film.

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Why is it that whenever you people try to help us,

you always insult us first, huh?

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Wind River Movie Review

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I am usually not a fan of thrillers, but this one is surprisingly strong, moving and rich that I ended up liking it quite a bit, though not as much as the critics for sure. It is even more so a mystery than a thriller and with strong western elements to it as well and that interesting mix really worked in its favor.

There are not a lot of films that revolve around snowy, remote parts of America and thus I loved this one. It has a different setting and a different mood to it and both complement the story beautifully. And an even bigger reason why I admire the film is its inclusion of Native Americans which was wonderful.

They are portrayed as good people and the end credits stating that missing Indian women are the only group that is not evidenced by police was just terrible to realize and I admire the film for taking a stance against that and for finally promoting their rights and giving a good name for their people.

Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen are both of the MCU fame having together appeared in ‘Age of Ultron’ and again their dynamic here is very strong. I loved the relationship between the two. He struggles with his grief of having lost his daughter and she is a tough agent who tries to remain calm and tough despite the awful circumstances. The villain is typical, but I loved Martin as he is such a great character. The highlight was seeing him and Cory share their grief at the end.

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Wind River should have had better character development. It is solid, but the film demanded much greater characterization. But the acting is very strong across the board. The direction is also strong as is the dialogue. The film is rarely as smart or as original as you would expect, but the emotional resonance is very strong as it is very tough to watch and heartbreaking at times. I loved the cinematography and the mood and atmosphere of the film are quite remarkable and different.

Wind River needed stronger characterization, but the acting is very good across the board and the film is emotionally resonant and sometimes difficult to watch and quite heartbreaking. It mostly succeeds because of its different than usual setting, excellent atmosphere and mood and good direction. It is also very admirable that finally Hollywood gave us a movie about Native Americans that strongly spotlights their issues with that important and alarming final statement.

My Rating – 4

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Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

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Murder on the Orient Express Movie Review

Murder on the Orient Express is a 1974 mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman among others. It’s a solid, but flawed adaptation.

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Bianchi, Doctor, has it occurred to you that

there are too many clues in this room?

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The book is one of Agatha Christie’s best works and I love it, but this cinematic adaptation was not all that great and I do think it is overrated. It is solid and very faithful in terms of story but it has its many problems.

I liked how faithfully it adapted the book and the storyline here is excellent and quite engaging to follow. I loved the ending and it was so well executed with the finale being phenomenal and the monologue from Poirot of course being fantastic. Those were great but I thought that the investigation itself was somewhat rushed in some instances.

Another problem is the pacing which is not all that great. The film definitely is involving, but I thought that the runtime of 130 minutes was too much for this particular story and thus the first act is awfully overdrawn. That beginning did not need to last for that long and the investigation scenes suffered because of it.

Let’s talk about the acting and the characters. I am going to comment upon most of them so here we go. Let’s first talk about the elephant in the room and get him out of the way. Hercule Poirot. Oh boy, this is not going to be pleasant. Albert Finney is horrible as Poirot. How did he receive an Oscar nomination baffles me.

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He is just not Poirot. I guess he gave a good performance as he is a famous, good actor. But the characterization itself is awful and he yells too much, the voice is all wrong and only some of the mannerisms speak true to the actual book counterpart. Everything else is terrible here. David Suchet is infinitely better.

Lauren Bacall, on the other hand, is excellent and very memorable in her role. Ingrid Bergman is absolutely fantastic in a small role and I loved her as this Swedish, complex woman and I am glad that she got an Oscar for her performance. Thoroughly deserved.

Wendy Hiller is very good as Princess Dragomiroff and faithfully depicted. The same goes for Rachett and every other character as well. Only Poirot is the problem here and because he is at the center, that is why I give this movie a bad time, but all of the other players are amazing and this film truly has a spectacular ensemble cast. Sean Connery was also quite memorable and Anthony Perkins as McQueen is absolutely perfect casting for this interesting role and he did wonderfully here.

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Murder on the Orient Express is very well scored with some memorable segments. But the cinematography is superb and I loved how the train looked and the stations too. It is very polished in quality and very much a cinematic work instead of a TV production. Sidney Lumet did a great job in the directorial chair as well. The film did deserve a win for Bergman, but a nod for Finney was unwarranted. However, the noms for cinematography, costumes and score are all very much deserved. It is in the end a pleasantly old-fashioned and mostly fine, but not great adaptation.

The 1974 cinematic adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express is a perfectly solid, but highly flawed one. The first act is overlong, but the score, costumes and cinematography are all excellent and deservedly Oscar nominated. The film is engaging, faithful to its source material and with a particularly spectacular ensemble cast with everyone being well cast and giving a great performance with Oscar-winning Ingrid Bergman being the highlight. But Albert Finney is the only weak link. He is just not Poirot. He doesn’t act or look like him at all. Very bad casting coupled with terrible characterization made the most important character feel alien here.

My Rating – 3.5

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Dial M for Murder (1954)

Dial M for Murder Movie Review

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Dial M for Murder Movie Review

Dial M for Murder is a 1954 crime mystery film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly. It is far from the director’s best, but still such a good, well crafted film.

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People don’t commit murder on credit

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The story about arranged murder is not all that original by this point for Hitchcock, but what is original is the level of detail that went into this affair. Surely the crime is too elaborate and at times the film was overwhelmed with too many details, but I still liked that as it led to a superbly crafted, meticulous film.

It is one of those mystery films which aren’t mysterious at all as we know who the murderer is from the start, but that is not a bad thing as it provides us with the opportunity to follow him in his shoes and to root for the detective to solve the crime. In that sense, the film is very much a success.

I liked the characters quite a bit and the acting is absolutely terrific. Robert Cummings’s Mark is a typical good-natured boyfriend and is the only boring part of the cast, but John Williams’s inspector is terrific and he played him so well. His various smirks and eye rolls stole the show here.

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But the highlights are Grace Kelly and Ray Milland. She excelled at portraying this vulnerable, distressed young woman who doesn’t know at first how to deal with all those emotions and it surely is one of her finest performances. Ray Milland is terrific as he went against typecasting and portrayed this calculated, cold and very smart and thorough murderer superbly.

Dial M for Murder is not my favorite Hitchcock films as it definitely lacks in terms of intensity and suspense. The thriller elements were entirely left out which was unfortunate. But I still really liked the film both times I’ve seen it and it is a very pleasant, old-fashioned mystery flick.

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The technical aspects are the standout elements here. The acting is great, but Hitchcock’s direction is reliably outstanding and his level to detail is astonishing and I loved the use of the key in its storytelling. This is the kind of small, theatre-like film which revolves entirely in one house and it never felt overly confined as the director made a perfect use of it and the cinematography truly is phenomenal and it lifted the material tremendously. And the dialogue is great as its talkative approach never felt overdone.

Dial M for Murder is lacking in terms of tension and suspense, but this is still a very good, talkative and engaging crime mystery with particularly strong performances from Ray Milland and Grace Kelly who both excelled in their roles. The cinematography and direction are superb as the film makes a great use of its confined setting with a couple of very interesting, brilliantly shot sequences. It isn’t one of Hitchcock’s best, but it is still a pretty good, competent film in its own right.

My Rating – 4

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The Illusionist (2006)

The Illusionist Movie Review

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The Illusionist Movie Review

The Illusionist is a 2006 historical fantasy romance mystery film directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton. It is a pleasantly old-fashioned film.

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Everything you have seen here has been an illusion

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The Illusionist Movie Review

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Yes, this film is a very unique mix of genres. It is above all else a mystery, a historical mystery set in 1889 Vienna but it also has very strong romantic and fantastical elements as his “illusions” are never properly explained and are thus to me fantasy. It achieves that awesome mix really well while also being stupendously traditional in its approach. They just don’t make mysteries like this anymore and this is one of the rare examples that sometimes these can happen so naturally I liked every second of it.

It follows a romance between a magician and his childhood sweetheart but eventually she disappears after the fight she had with her set to be husband Prince Leopold. The mystery of what happened to her and who killed her is actually very intriguing and I wanted so badly to see it resolved that I found the ending itself not that rewarding.

It was actually a really solid twist and a fine conclusion, but it came off as awfully rushed which was to be expected owing to the film’s oddly established structure. Basically you get the mystery around an hour and ten minute mark and the movie’s runtime is about an hour and forty five minutes. So the first half is way too prolonged and the second half is awfully rushed when that mystery should have been emphasized and elongated much more.

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Edward Norton is quite good in The Illusionist, but not great and another actor maybe would have done a better job. Jessica Biel is solid in her role and Rufus Sewell is not that great as Prince Leopold. I also had a big problem with him acting guilty in the scene with an inspector. It was an obvious method to distract the audience from the actual solution. And in my opinion Paul Giamatti was by far the highlight here in such a great, complex role as an inspector and he gave such a strong, evocative performance in terms of emotion and facial expressions.

My favorite scenes are the ending which was rushed but very interesting and all of the magical scenes were naturally a lot of fun and visually arresting. The scenes with Paul Giamatti, all of them, are magnificent and he is the standout actor and character here. But the very best sequence is the mystery itself which was so gorgeously filmed and in such an intriguing, authentic manner as the viewpoint is that of a neighbor and thus we as the audience look through his eyes at this odd incident. Very clever and offbeat.

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The Illusionist is beautifully shot and gorgeous in both cinematography and costumes as well as the interiors. It looks and sounds good with a pretty good score, but pacing is just all over the place and in my opinion the direction from Neil Burger is very weak and a bigger, better director would have made a difference for sure. But it is still a pleasing, very engaging film that mostly did work.

The Illusionist has problematic pacing, the direction from Neil Burger is quite weak and the structure of the film is very odd as the mystery begins only at the half-mark and thus the first half is prolonged and the second one is awfully rushed. However, this is still such a pleasing, wonderfully old-fashioned mix of genres with the fantastical elements being intriguing and a mystery being very well thought out and fascinating. The movie also looks and sounds good with pretty good performances among which Paul Giamatti stole the show with such a terrific performance in such a great role.

My Rating – 4

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Zodiac (2007)

Zodiac Movie Review

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Zodiac Movie Review

Zodiac is a 2007 thriller mystery film directed by David Fincher and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo. It is a pretty good, if not great movie.

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I… I Need to know who he is. I… I need to stand there,

I need to look him in the eye and I need to know that it’s him

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Zodiac Movie Review

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This 70s manhunt for a notorious killer who left clues for the police remains an infamous, never unsolved case and it was always ripe for a movie. And this film proves that and it proves how Fincher was perfect for it as he imbued it with excellent atmosphere, reliably stellar direction and a very well crafted mystery.

So Zodiac is a good movie, sometimes even very good. But it’s not great and it’s far from the director’s best works owing to the one and one thing only which is of course its running time. Two hours and forty minutes was just too much for this story and the film felt very prolonged, it dragged at certain parts and some scenes were unnecessary or dull. This runtime affected the movie a lot unfortunately.

Jake Gyllenhaal is very good as usual in the lead role and it was interesting seeing Marvel’s Ruffalo and Downey both here. The actors did a really good job in their roles and the characters are pretty solid, but they aren’t as great as the script and prolonged runtime demanded.

Now Zodiac is a truly terrifying movie. It doesn’t have enough action scenes, especially in the second half, but the first one featured a couple of truly horrific scenes and actually all of the killings we witnessed were so scary and creepy in how they were filmed and how we never see the killer. Such great choices.

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The cinematography is also pretty stellar. I usually dislike grim looking movies, but here I actually loved it because it complements the story and it sets the mood perfectly. It recreated the 70s decade so well with a great attention to detail, but the score, great atmosphere and especially superb cinematography sold those crucial creepy scenes. The mystery itself also provided a couple of terrific scenes, great twists and turns and I enjoyed its ambiguous ending and how faithfully they recreated this whole case.

Zodiac features good performances from its talented cast, reliably strong direction from Fincher, superb cinematography, a good mystery and a couple of truly terrifying murder sequences, but it needed more action in my opinion and it was ultimately undone by its needlessly prolonged running time. It’s a good film, but far from the director’s greatest works.

My Rating – 4

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The Thin Man (1934)

The Thin Man Movie Review

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The Thin Man Movie Review

The Thin Man is a 1934 mystery screwball comedy film directed by W. S. Van Dyke and starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. It is one of the very best films of this year.

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Waiter, will you serve the nuts?

I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?

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The Thin Man is basically a mystery film with strong screwball comedy sensibilities and I liked that mix of genres as it was quite authentic and different. It led to a very singular and memorable film experience. But I still wanted more comedy elements as the mystery part was a bit too overwhelming to me and the first act is rather slow and uninvolving.

But the film later becomes much more entertaining, especially when Nick and Nora enter the picture. They are such wonderful characters and I loved the portrayal of a spousal detective team as that led to many great laughs and such a fun dynamic.

Myrna Loy and William Powell are just fantastic here as is expected of their caliber. Powell here proved how versatile he was as Nick is much different than Godfrey from ‘My Man Godfrey’. He talks much more and is a big drinker. He excelled in this role as his timing is great, he got a bunch of great lines and he was consistently funny.

But Loy should not be forgotten as well as her performance is just as great and just as essential to this movie. Her various frowns and funny facial expressions made my day and I just loved some of her hilarious lines. The two bickering and playing around was just a lovely and funny sight to behold and they’ve got some great chemistry and it is easy to see why this series got five more movies after this one.

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I also loved Skippy as Asta who is their wire-haired fox terrier. The little guy did such a great job and he was very well trained and he is the third most important character here. He even stole the show from the married folks in some scenes. The highlights are him helping Nick solve the show, hiding from the intruder and of course the ending with him protecting the view with his paws while the two have sex is just one of the great endings in comedies, simply brilliant.

As for the other highlights, I loved Nick punching Nora, very smart and memorable. And of course the car scene is hilarious. There are some really hilarious lines to be had here owing to superb, brisk and very smart dialogue which should be followed carefully in order to be understood entirely.

The Thin Man definitely has a weaker mystery. It is good, but not great and is too complicated and should be watched more than once in order to be understood properly. The first act is definitely not my favorite and even though the ending is highly memorable and I liked how the crime was resolved, there are too many characters here in this puzzle and not all are memorable.

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But it is very well filmed and directed and the pacing is mostly quite good with only some scenes being rushed, but others are excellent and I loved those montages and quick cuts as they brought a sense of urgency to the picture. The film is one of the rare great ones from 1934 which was a very weak movie year and it deserved its four Oscar nods, but Myrna Loy should have definitely been nominated too.

The Thin Man has a less involving first act and sometimes the mystery part was overwhelming, but it was still pretty well written and well resolved. The screwball comedy part is where the movie shines with a superb brisk dialogue and many unforgettable scenes such as the car scene, the punch scene and the brilliant ending. William Powell and Myrna Loy are such a fantastic duo and their infectious dynamic and many hilarious lines made this movie along with Skippy the fox terrier who stole the show himself with a couple of funny and instantly recognizable hijinks.

My Rating – 4.5

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